3:00pm - SaturdaySat 22nd JulyJul 2017
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Wingate & Finchley
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Anthony returns to old haunts

Brian Caffarey
7:05pm, Thu 20th Jul 2017
Wingate and Finchley v Woking
Pre-season friendly
3pm on Saturday 22 July 2017

On Saturday Anthony Limbrick takes his charges to the club at which he played, and later coached, after arriving from Australia. The Blues achieved their highest position ever last season, reaching the Ryman Premier play-offs, so ought to provide a good work-out for the Cards, whose game at Basingstoke Town on Tuesday evening was curtailed by torrential rain with Woking leading 1-0 through Inih Effiong’s first goal for the Club.


It must have been frustrating for Anthony on Tuesday not to have had a proper chance to see in action the various trialists who had been lined up. Matt Young, a full back with Chelmsford City last season, started at full back, but three trialists were on the bench: keeper Luke Sheldrick, winger Joe N’Guessan and centre back Jake Eales. It will be interesting to see if these players figure in Saturday’s game. Once again, summer signing Jason Banton was missing through injury.


The original Wingate FC had its roots in the Anglo-Jewish community and was founded after the Second World War with the express intention of countering anti-Semitism. In 1991 the club merged with Finchley FC.

The Blues enjoyed a very successful season in 2016-17, finishing in 5th place in the Ryman Premier Division but losing to Bognor Regis Town in the play-off semi-final.

Their pre-season friendly games so far have been:

Welwyn Garden City 1 Wingate and Finchley 4 (neutral ground)
Potters Bar 2 Wingate and Finchley 1 (neutral ground)
Haringey Borough 4 Wingate and Finchley 5
Wingate and Finchley 1 Boreham Wood 7

The Blues’ squad includes: former Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge striker, Afolabi Obafemi; Reece Beckles-Richards, who was a fringe player for the Cards from 2013-2015; striker Ben Pattie, who had a loan spell with Woking from QPR in the 2015-16 season; keeper Shane Gore; and summer signing, defender Wes Parker, who played over 250 games for Wealdstone.

On Tuesday night the Blues came up against a rampant Boreham Wood side, with ex-Card Bruno Andrade grabbing a hat-trick.


The Maurice Rebak Stadium
Summers Lane

Official website: www.wingatefinchley.com

By car

Head for the M25 (W), leaving at J16 to join the M40(E). Join the Western Ave/A40 (signposted C London and Harrow) and then the North Circular. Take the A1000 exit towards Barnet/N and E Finchley. Turn right onto High Road/A1000. After 1.4 miles turn right onto Summers Lane. The AA gives the journey time at just over one hour.

Re parking, the advice on the club’s website is as follows: “Please be aware NOT to park in the Rugby Club next door, as they will close their gates and lock you in. There are plenty of nearby streets, although please note not to park on the kerbs and also some surrounding roads have yellow lines.
The Club car park on matchdays is available for Club Officials (Home & Away), Players, Staff and VIP guests only.�

By train/underground

If you’re using public transport, the easiest way to get to the ground is probably to take the train to Waterloo and then the Northern Line (High Barnet branch) to West Finchley station. (The tube journey will take you about 30 minutes.)

The station is a 10/15 minute walk away from the ground. Alternatively, go to East Finchley Station and get a 263 bus heading North towards Barnet. Get off at the bus stop just after Summers Lane traffic lights


I do not have details of admission prices.

http://www.wingatefinchley.com/guide.php offers advice on where to eat and drink.


Woking v Cambridge United - 7.45pm, Tuesday 25th July (The Laithwaite Community Stadium)

Woking v Swindon Town - 3pm, Saturday 29th July (The Laithwaite Community Stadium)

The season kicks off on Saturday 5 August 2017 when Woking are at home to Gateshead.

Come on, you Cards!

Frustrating homecoming stalemate for Anthony Limbrick

Ashley Phillips
12:00am, Sat 22nd Jul 2017
Wingate & Finchley 1 Woking 1
Pre-season Friendly
22nd July 2017

Anthony Limbrick seemed to be set for a successful homecoming to the club he debuted at as both a player and coach; the Cards dominated most of the first half at The Maurice Rebak Stadium, and Inih Effiong fired them in front on 19 minutes. But it was a former Card Reece Beckles-Richards who ruined the new boss's return to Wingate & Finchley with a 79th-minute equaliser.

Kane Ferdinand, Jason Banton, and Josh Staunton were missing from the teamsheet this week, and trialists Matt Young (at right back), Joe N'Guessan (winger), and James Demetriou (no. 10) joined academy product Declan Appau (midfield) in forming the starting 11, around the currently signed squad members. Fabio Saraiva, Bobson Bawling, and Charlie Carter, started on the bench. Woking dominated most of the first half despite a sustained downpour, though the Isthmian Premier side's pitch held up well throughout the match. The home side posed a threat through Spencer McCall in midfield, who demonstrated some nice touches, Marc Charles-Smith leading the line, with Beckles-Richards proving to be a thorn in the side for both halves.

Both sides sought openings early in the game, McCall shooting from the edge of the area for the Blues and going close, putting the home team on the front foot. The Cards responded when Inih Effiong found time in the box to steady himself and drill at goal from about 10 yards, but Shane Gore got behind it well.

Effiong got his next chance just minutes later, and this time made no mistake in putting the visitors in front. Declan Appau found a neat ball through to the big man, and after Sean Cronin appeared to misjudge a chance to intercept, Inih was left with plenty of time to slot home, sending Gore the wrong way in the process.

The rain poured harder before easing at the end of the first half, and Wingate & Finchley found hope of an equaliser through Beckles-Richards, who seemed intent on making a statement against the club where he spent two seasons between 2013-2015. The forward delivered dangerous crosses from both wings, but home side's strike force couldn't aptly get on the end of any of his exploits.

Just after the half hour trialist Demetriou got his head up and tucked a very tidy through ball to Joe Ward, who easily peeled off the full back on the break. He dribbled direct at goal, but couldn't find a way around Cronin, the ball cleared quickly before he could get a good second bite at it.

Woking continued to spring past the Finchley backline after this, the offside trap broken by Joe N'Guessan, but when the ball fell to Effiong in the area, this time he was off the mark.

Half-time Wingate & Finchley 0 Woking 1

At the break Woking sent on Bobson Bawling and Fabio Saraiva, in addition to trialists Ben Sampayo (right back) and Jake Eales (centre-half). They sacrificed Nathan Ralph, Chez Isaac, Joe Ward, and goalscorer Effiong. Joey Jones moved into midfield for the second half.

The first action of the half came through Bawling down the left hand side, fed neatly by Jones after a fine one-two with the other signed sub Saraiva. Bobson managed to work his way into the area and clipped it back to Fabio, but he couldn't quite bring it under, firing over.

The Blues responded through Beckles-Richards who showed neat control, and drew a solid near-post stop from Cards keeper Nathan Baxter, fizzing an angled shot from about 20 yards.

On the hour, Woking introduced Charlie Carter and academy product Ivan Nsimbi, replacing the solid Declan Appau, and Joe N'Guessan. Five minutes later trialist Luke Sheldrick also replaced Nathan Baxter in goal.

Bawling continued to make his impression on the game, with a long range effort which Gore could only parry, before he escaped again down the left thanks to a skillful ball from Saraiva. Demetriou, who had a tidy game, couldn't apply the finish to Bobson's square pass, skying a real opportunity to put the result beyond doubt.

Wingate & Finchley smelled blood in the rainwater, and Beckles-Richards rewarded the home side with a share of the spoils in the 80th minute. His smashed cross-shot from a tight angle spilled through keeper Sheldrick's hands, and into the far corner.

And the 22-year-old, who returned 13 goals from his 42 appearances last campaign for the Blues, wasn't stopping there. Determined to try to put one over on his former club, with five minutes remaining he got away again down the right, and squared a low cross into the six yard box, which nobody could quite get on the end of.

Wingate & Finchley earned themselves a good draw against a Woking team still taking shape. That said, each of re-signed squad members seems keen to play their way into starting contention, and had decent run-outs. Richard Orlu looks to be a reliable and influential option at the heart of the defence, and Nathan Baxter, despite struggling a couple of times aerially during a series of corners in the second half, seems to defy his years between the sticks. Joe Ward stands out as a real prospect, and Inih Effiong managed to get on the score sheet once again. There will still be plenty of eyes on the final two friendlies, though, for emerging signs of a solid starting 11 for the first game at home to Gateshead on August 5th.

Wingate and Finchley: Shane Gore, Luke Ifil, Ola Williams (DeReece Vanderhyde 72), Joe Kizzi (Wes Parker 72), Sean Cronin, Ahmet Rifat (Sam Newson 65), Rob Laney, Spencer McCall (Joe Sharpe 60), Marc Charles-Smith (Afolabi Obafemi 65), Tommy Tejan-Sie (Kunlie Otudeko 45), Reece Beckles-Richards

Unused Subs: Joe Mangan

Bookings: None

Woking: Nathan Baxter (Luke Sheldrick 65), Matt Young, Nathan Ralph (Ben Sampayo 45), Chez Isaac (Jake Eales 45), Joey Jones, Richard Orlu, Joe N'Guessan (Ivan Nsimbi 59), Declan Appau (Charlie Carter 59), Inih Effiong (Fabio Saraiva 45), James Demetriou, Joe Ward (Bobson Bawling 45)

Goals: Inih Effiong 19

Unused Subs: None

Bookings: None

Attendance: 114

My MotM: Richard Orlu for his reliable aerial and positional abilities at the back, seeming to lead by example as the organisational presence at centre half which the team sorely lacked last season.

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